Linked by David Adams on Tue 3rd Aug 2010 16:05 UTC, submitted by sjvn
Linux As we mentioned in a previous article, Red Hat advocate Greg DeKoenigsberg claimed that due to the much larger amount of code it's contributed, Red Hat is a better open source citizen than Canonical, adding, "Canonical is a marketing organization masquerading as an engineering organization." A Computerworld blog retorts that that's no insult; and that marketing Linux could be just as important to the cause as contributing code. Updated
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RE: Ubuntu
by jbauer on Tue 3rd Aug 2010 17:35 UTC in reply to "Ubuntu"
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Ubuntu is really a breath of fresh air in the Linux world. It has really raised the standards and what you can expect to work without manual fiddling.

Boy, were those standards low.

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RE[2]: Ubuntu
by vivainio on Tue 3rd Aug 2010 17:41 in reply to "RE: Ubuntu"
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Boy, were those standards low.

Yeah, they were. Fedora made an exception occasionally (I still have fond memories of FC1), but Ubuntu raises the bar constantly.

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RE[3]: Ubuntu
by Lennie on Tue 3rd Aug 2010 17:52 in reply to "RE[2]: Ubuntu"
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I think everyone should shut up about Ubuntu and get to work. ;-)

Ubuntu should really talk to the upstreams early in any new development and coordinate better. When people agree on development it will be much easier for Ubuntu to get their changes accepted upstream as well.

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RE[3]: Ubuntu
by akaas on Tue 3rd Aug 2010 17:59 in reply to "RE[2]: Ubuntu"
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Yeah, they were. Fedora made an exception occasionally (I still have fond memories of FC1), but Ubuntu raises the bar constantly.

When I see the top contributors of kernel, X.Org, GNOME, etc. I think it's usually Red Hat who raises the bar most. Well of course the bar raises on all distributions thanks to Red Hat's way to contribute to projects.

Distributions which support proprietary software gets usually praises in reviews.

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RE[3]: Ubuntu
by danieldk on Tue 3rd Aug 2010 20:46 in reply to "RE[2]: Ubuntu"
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Common, lots of people were using S.u.S.E. (old spelling intended) happily since the end of the nineties. The Ubuntu installer and administration tools looked pale compared to what Libranet 3 provided. And, let's not forget about Mandrake/Mandriva, who have always focused aggressively on an easy to use desktop.

SUSE (in every incarnation) contributed *a lot* to the Linux kernel and userland. Ubuntu stole the limelight to some extend from SUSE and Mandrake, but only contributes upstream marginally. Red Hat is excluded intentionally, since it committed its own desktop suicide (due to low margins). Fedora is nice, but not for the average user.

I have always found Ubuntu average (hardware support is good, but there are often regressions between releases). And it is worrisome, that there are so few popular distributions left that contribute significantly to the ecosystem.

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RE[2]: Ubuntu
by sbenitezb on Wed 4th Aug 2010 13:28 in reply to "RE: Ubuntu"
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I tried the last version and found it boring not pleasant. Looks like Windows 98 in steroids.

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